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Is The "New World Order" Theory Part of Adventisms Message?

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“As a conspiracy theory, the term New World Order or NWO refers to the emergence of a totalitarian one-world government. The common theme in conspiracy theories about a New World Order is that a secretive power elite with a globalist agenda is conspiring to eventually rule the world through an authoritarian world government—which replaces sovereign nation-states… Prior to the early 1990s, New World Order conspiracism was limited to two American countercultures, primarily the militantly anti-government right, and secondarily fundamentalist Christians concerned with end-time emergence of the Antichrist.” -Wikipedia

Growing up I always thought that part of Adventism’s end time message was the idea of a “New World Order.” The concept of the New World Order as I understood it is basically this: The Roman Catholic Church will unite all of the world empires into one unified government that will persecute Gods people in the last days. The Pope will be the head of this movement and will control, enforce, and dictate issues of conscience. Of course, recent political talk of a “New Economic World Order” only served to add fuel to this belief. In my mind, when the governments of the world began to unite under the papacy then it was clear that, as in the Dark Ages, Catholicism had once again managed to become the dominant religio-political power of the world. Then one day I found a theological inconsistency in Adventism’s message of the New World Order and Adventism’s understanding of the feet and toes of Daniel chapter 2. According to Daniel 2, the feet and toes of the statue represent the final phase of earth’s political history. This phase is characterized by governmental division. In other words, in the last days the kingdoms of the world will be divided and nothing will unite them. They will remain this way until Christ comes and establishes his kingdom on earth after having cleansed the earth of sin and sinners. So how was I supposed to reconcile this clear biblical message with the “New World Order” theory that teaches that all world governments will be united under the Pope in the end times? I wasn’t too sure and for a long time, didn’t even think about it. That is, until I picked up a little book by Allen Roesch called, The “New World Order” Part of Adventism?

In this book Roesch demonstrates three points that allowed me to reconcile the New World Order with Daniel 2. These three points are separated into three questions:

Who is warning us about the coming New World Order?

Who is not warning us about the coming New World Order?

Who else is not warning us about the coming New World Order?

The first question sets the stage. According to Roesch those warning us about the coming New World Order are, among others, Malachi Martin, Gary Kah, Don McAlvany, and Gary North. Malachi Martin is an Irish Catholic Priest and former Jesuit priest who exposed the New World Order agenda in his book The Keys of this Blood. Kah, Mclvany, and North have all been involved in political and economic circles and are all well known for their proliferation of the New World Order agenda. However, what is interesting is that not a single one of these gentlemen is a Seventh-day Adventist. Not a single one of them preaches, teaches, or even remotely believes in the same prophetic message that the Seventh-day Adventist church proclaims. Now there's nothing wrong with not being an Adventist. But what is interesting is that a message that I thought to be central to SDA eschatology does not originate in the SDA church at all. The following two questions clarify.

The second question, Who is not warning us about the coming New World Order? explores the writings of some of the most influential Adventist pioneers. These include James White (husband of Ellen White), Uriah Smith (Adventist historian), J.N. Loughborough, and Stephen Haskell. Roesch points out that the idea of the New World Order is not found in any of their writings. If this message were a central pillar of Adventist eschatology, why is it not found among the writings of some of Adventism’s most respected pioneers? The answer is: The New World Order is not a part of Adventism. It is a conspiracy theory that originated with men who have much different views than that of the SDA church. It is not, and has never been, a part of Adventist eschatology.

The third and final question, Who else is not warning us about the coming New World Order? is a section dealing with Ellen Whites views on the topic, particularly in her book The Great Controversy which deals primarily with end time events. Once again, Roesch points out that nowhere in Ellen Whites writings, including The Great Controversy, is there any mention whatsoever to a New World Order. The closest you will come to it is in Ellen Whites mention of the papacy striving for the political domination he once had. However, the papacy striving for this domination and the papacy establishing a NWO are two totally different things. The way I grew up it seemed as though this theme was the most important aspect of our message and one that demanded our utmost attention and careful study, however, it’s not found anywhere in the writings of Ellen White. How is it that the woman Adventists believe to be a prophet could write about last day events and never once mention something that is supposedly so central and urgent to our message? The answer is simple. It’s not central to our message. As a matter of fact it’s not even marginal to our message. Just like Y2K, which many Adventists (and other Christians for that matter) freaked out over, the coming New World Order has nothing at all to do with our end time message. If you want to find it you will have to look to guys like Malachi Martin and Gary North because you will not find it in Adventist theology anywhere.

So how do I reconcile the New World Order theory with Daniel 2? Well it’s really quite simple. The only New World Order in Daniel 2 and Adventist eschatology is the New World Order of the Kingdom of Christ, the stone which destroys the statue representing the kingdom of God which will come to this world and never end.

While I don’t agree with all of Roesch points in The “New World Order” Part of Adventism? or even like the way that Roesch goes about some of his research regarding the four gentlemen that proclaim the New World Order message, I do appreciate his effort in disproving the notion that this doctrine is part of Adventist eschatology. For that I thank him.
In conclusion I would like to leave all of us with the following Ellen White statements:
The end is near, and now is the time when Satan will make special efforts to distract the interest and separate it from the all-important subjects that should arrest every mind to consecrated action. - III Selected messages 23, 24
As Christ’s ambassadors, they are to search the Scriptures, to seek for the truths that have been hidden beneath the rubbish of error. And every ray of light received is to be communicated to others. One interest will prevail, one subject will swallow up every other,—Christ our righteousness. - 1888 Materials, 765


  1. Excellent article once again.
    I also, growing up as an SDA, heard about this NWO on many many occasions and not once do I remember anyone saying it had nothing to do with the SDA's. Only in the past year or so, since coming back to Christ and studying Daniel have I realised that there will be no NWO. What scares me is that I wonder how many SDA's DO believe in it.
    I reckon we need something like an SDA TRUTH day, all over the world, to put to bed false rumours and the likes regarding the SDA church. Clarity of belief and thought is needed in these times.

    Keep up the good work brother.

    1. What a great idea David! An SDA TRUTH day. Nice!

      Have you ever heard the series Mere Adventism by David Asscherick and Jeffery Rosario? Here is the link:

      It gets really close to what you recommend, but your idea is legit dude. I love it. Now how to make it happen?

  2. On one hand I think it is extremely important not to be caught up in conspiracy theories or not be caught up in trying to expose every minute detail of what will take place during the time of trouble just before Jesus comes. On the other hand, we must not throw out the baby with the bath water. Scripture is clear that there will be a false religious unity that will cause every one to make a decision to worship the true God or to worship the fasle religion of the beast which is brought about by Satan using the Papacy. This does not have to include a one world governemnt or a one world political establishment, it does not even have to include a one world religious body. From what I see it only takes the compromise of some biblical truth to receive the mark of the beast. How I wish Adventist would NOT get pulled into the snare of conspracy theories and just stick to Scripture and history and yes "some" current events. People like Walter Veith do more harm than good!

    BTW Mere Adventism is great.

    1. Great point Arik! That is the subject of my article "Therefore Keep Watch: Watching the Signs VS. Conspiracy Theorizing". You can find it here:

      And yes! Mere Adventism was phenomenal!

  3. Pastor, we need to rightly divide the Word of Truth. I have cautioned you about giving all the information from the inspired writings on a topic and not merely sticking to your pet views. I humbly submit. Did you or the writer that you quoted compare Dan 2 with Rev 17:12-17. Rev 17:13 says "And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth". What does reigneth over the kings of the earth mean, my pastor? That one entity will be ruling, no? As in one government, no? Please also read verse 17 " For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.". Again we see here that they make rulership be by one entity, the beast power. That is BIBLICAL, pastor. Please be careful.

  4. The word of God says:
    One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. THE WHOLE WORLD was filled with wonder and followed the beast. Revelation 13:3
    (Just before Jesus was born the world was under one government. It will be this way again for his second coming.) When the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son.” Providence had directed the movements of nations, and the tide of human impulse and influence, until the world was ripe for the coming of the Deliverer. The nations were united under one government.(DA 32.2) Check also Eccl 3;15 which shows that what is past will be repeated in the future.

    The Roman Catholic Church, with all its ramifications throughout the world, forms one vast organization under the control, and designed to serve the interests, of the papal see. Its millions of communicants, in every country on the globe, are instructed to hold themselves as bound in allegiance to the pope. Whatever their nationality or their government, they are to regard the authority of the church as above all other. (GC 580.2)

    The NWO is coming! And will exist before Christ's second coming. It is NO conspiracy theory. Now please do not nitpick on the meaning of NWO. What the Bible does establish, is that there will be an entity that will rule the world before Jesus comes. The Bible also indicates that it will develop this power by subtelty. Please do not put God's people off the guidance and direction of the Scriptures, my pastor but please let us study to show ourselves approved unto God, by His grace. Have a blessed day!

    1. ligriv, thank you for your comments again. If you would like to explore this matter further you will have to read Allan Roesch's book "The 'New World Order' Part of Adventism?" as he goes into the details that I do not have the time to explore here. This article was simply a summary of the main points of the book. In the book Allan explores the topic from 4 different angles: Ellen White, The pioneers, historicist interpretation of prophecy, and I cant remember the other. In each case he demonstrates how the NWO is not a theory that originates in EGW, the pioneers, or historicist biblical prophecy but from Catholic writers themselves. Again, if you wish to explore the matter further you would have to read his book. he also provides his email at the end to answer any questions or objections in person. I will say, however, as a lover of Daniel and Revelation that as you have pointed out there certainly will be a dominant world power that we could refer to as the NWO, but that is not the same as what the NWO conspiracy theories propose. NWO conspiracy theories go much further in suggesting a totalitarian world government even though Daniel clearly tells us that the divided kingdoms will not mix and will remain divided until Jesus returns. I personally emailed Allan with the same exact verses and comments you shared above to get a clearer picture of what he was proposing and he did respond with a fantastic clarification. However, because I do not have permission to publish a personal email I cannot share it here. But you are free to contact him. His email again, is at the back of his book.



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